2022 Masters rankings breakdown: World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler dominates round two and becomes heavy favorite

Swirling winds, strong gusts and tough course conditions on Friday at the 2022 Masters led to a few laps in the red – 13, to be exact – but boy is Augusta’s national standings starting to look good as we we’re heading into the weekend. Buckle up because the big names are showing their big matches just as this tournament is starting to heat up (with the weather getting colder).

At the top of the standings is world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, who is deservedly alone in his own world at 8 under after an unreal 5 under 67 in the second round to wrest control of the tournament from the rest of the field. Scheffler’s remarkable tear on Friday puts him five strokes ahead of the next names in the standings – a tied quartet at 3 under – with 36 holes to play this weekend.

The next set of contenders is a packed group filled with big names headlined by defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, first-round leader Sungjae Im and former champion Charl Schwartzel – all under 3. The next group right next to it includes Dustin Johnson (-2), Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas (-1) and Tiger Woods (+1).

Yes, you read that right: Woods will play until the weekend. He’s well ahead heading into moving day, but Woods overcame a four bogey start in five holes for round 2 to finish 2 on the round, making it a perfect 22 for 22 in his career making the cut masters. as a professional.

Let’s take a look at the crowded leaderboard and contenders as we prepare for what should be a fascinating moving day in Augusta.

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2022 Masters Ranking Breakdown, 2nd Round

1. Scottie Scheffler (-8): Scheffler followed his Thursday 69 with a Friday 67, tied for the lowest round of the week so far. He started his second Augusta hike on choppy terrain with bogeys at numbers 1 and 3, but played the last 15 holes bogey-free at 6 under. Like Justin Ray noted, he tied the biggest 36-hole lead in Masters history, and four of the previous five who had a five-shot lead at that point won the green jacket. It’s no surprise, then, that Scheffler has an equal chance of winning the Masters, according to Caesars Sportsbook, whose five closest competitors are 12-1 on the odds table.

T2. Charl Schwartzel, Sungjae Im, Shane Lowry and Hideki Matsuyama (-3): After entering the week having missed six straight PGA Tour cups, Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, sits T2 after a second-round 69. Go figure, right? No one played the course perfectly on Friday, but he was sure he was close as he birdied five and played the par 5 at 2 under for the day. He and defending champ Matsuyama both finished with 3-under 69. Meanwhile, Lowry had the lowest round of this group with a 4-under 68 rebound from 1-of-73 on Thursday. Finally, first-round leader Im was the only one of the top five ranked golfers to finish above par, scoring 2 of 74 on Friday.

T6. Dustin Johnson and three others (-2): Following a 3-under 69 to open the week on Thursday, DJ may have played even better in Round 2, although his score (73) obviously doesn’t indicate as much. He played a bogey-free (and birdie-less) back nine and mowed through a tough course that was much tougher than Thursday. The 2020 Masters winner will get a good look at winning his second career green jacket and third career major championship this weekend. He’ll just have to hope Scheffler slips up.

T10. Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and four others (-1): Thomas tied for the low round of the week on Friday with a 67 out of nowhere. Huge rally for him to not just make the cut, which looked like a real threat after going 76 in Round 1, but to get himself squarely back into contention. Same goes for 25-year-old superstar Collin Morikawa, who had a 2-under front nine and went home tied. Thomas led the field in shots won from tee to green in Round 2.

T19. Tiger Woods and three others (+1): Bad swings, gusts of wind and even a ball rolling in a divot were among the many reasons Woods listed after the round as to why he started the round 2 for 4 over five holes. But he finished with a bang, playing the last 13 holes at 2 under and holding on. He said after the round that his body wasn’t feeling great, which makes what he did on Friday improve as the round went on all the more impressive.

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